MMASucka’s UFC Vegas 36 Staff Picks

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The month of September has arrived as our MMASucka staff picks have reached the final third of the calendar year. UFC Vegas 36, also titled as UFC Fight Night 191, will take place in just a couple short hours from the UFC Apex in Las Vegas, Nevada. An earlier start time of 4:00pm ET (1:00pm PT) is in store for the main card, available only on ESPN+.

Our second staff picks fight card of ten straight events for Dana White’s Contender Series will be available this upcoming Tuesday, September 7.

Stay tuned to MMASucka for UFC Vegas 36: Brunson vs. Till results.

The Fights

Top-ranked middleweights Derek Brunson and Darren Till both look to make a statement in tonight’s featured main event. Brunson is set to make his third straight UFC main event appearance riding a four-fight win streak, most recently taking a five-round decision over Kevin Holland in March. An impressive performance tonight would put the former Wilmington, North Carolina native in a possible position for his first promotional title shot. Brunson’s opponent, Till, is need of a rebound following a back-and-forth defeat to Robert Whittaker last year. Despite having only one win in his last four bouts, the Englishman remains one of the best at 185 pounds since moving up from welterweight.


Expect heavy leather to be traded in the co-main event between England’s Tom Aspinall and Moldova’s Sergey Spivak. Aspinall will look for his third UFC victory and back up his recent “Performance of the Night” submission of veteran Andrei Arlovski. 26-year-old Spivak already targets his third win of 2021, lastly decisioning submission specialist Aleksei Oleinik less than three months ago.

Also on the main card sees the promotional debut of former Cage Warriors featherweight champion Paddy Pimblett and former TUF light heavyweight finalist Khalil Rountree Jr. Find out who the MMASucka staff are picking to win at UFC Vegas 36 further below.

Staff Picks

Throughout the calendar year, staff picks will be composed of main card fights from both UFC and Bellator events. Main card fights and selected preliminary fights will be selected for PFL MMA. Dana White’s Contender Series will be composed of the full fight card.

The WINNER of staff picks in 2021 will have a choice between receiving a custom-made championship belt from ProAmBelts or chain from Championship Chains. For the third straight year, Michael DeSantis captured the 2020 victory compiling a record of 201-88.

See our UFC Vegas 36: Brunson vs. Till staff picks below.

Staff Records after Dana White’s Contender Series 37:

1. Nate Freeman: 148-86
2. Wesley Riddle: 147-87
3. Michael DeSantis: 142-92
4. Frazer Krohn: 135-99
5. Ash Camyab: 130-95
6. Jeremy Brand: 124-111
7. Mike Lynch: 123-101
8. Mitchell Banuelos: 107-89
9. Andrew Benjamin: 98-110
10. Tim Wheaton: 94-74
11. Brandon Joint: 71-36
12. Matt Bricker: 57-57
13. Chris Presnell: 29-14
14. Maria Morales: 9-1
15T. Steven Irvine: 5-6
15T. Amanda Grace: 5-6
15T. Al Mac: 5-1

*Note – not all staff pick for every event*

Paddy Pimblett (16-3) vs. Luigi Vendramini (9-2)

Jeremy Brand: Pimblett via Round 2 SUB
Wesley Riddle: Pimblett via Round 1 SUB
Michael DeSantis: Pimblett via Round 2 SUB
Ash Camyab: Pimblett via UD
Andrew Benjamin: Pimblett via UD
Frazer Krohn: Pimblett via Round 1 SUB
Mike Lynch: Vendramini via UD
Nate Freeman: Pimblett via Round 2 TKO
Chris Presnell: Pimblett via Round 1 TKO
Steven Irvine: Pimblett via Round 2 SUB

Staff picking Pimblett: 9
Staff picking Vendramini: 1

Modestas Bukauskas (11-4) vs. Khalil Rountree Jr. (9-5, 1 NC)

Jeremy Brand: Rountree Jr. via UD
Wesley Riddle: Rountree Jr. via Round 1 TKO
Michael DeSantis: Rountree Jr. via Round 1 TKO
Ash Camyab: Rountree Jr. via Round 3 TKO
Andrew Benjamin: Rountree Jr. via UD
Frazer Krohn: Rountree Jr. via UD
Mike Lynch: Rountree Jr. via UD
Nate Freeman: Rountree Jr. via UD
Chris Presnell: Bukauskas via UD
Steven Irvine: Rountree Jr. via Round 1 TKO

Staff picking Bukauskas: 1
Staff picking Rountree Jr.: 9

Alex Morono (19-7, 1 NC) vs. David Zawada (17-6)

Jeremy Brand: Morono via UD
Wesley Riddle: Morono via Round 2 TKO
Michael DeSantis: Morono via UD
Ash Camyab: Morono via UD
Andrew Benjamin: Morono via UD
Frazer Krohn: Morono via UD
Mike Lynch: Morono via UD
Nate Freeman: Morono via UD
Chris Presnell: Morono via UD
Steven Irvine: Morono via UD

Staff picking Morono: 10
Staff picking Zawada: 0

Tom Aspinall (10-2) vs. Sergey Spivak (13-2)

Jeremy Brand: Aspinall via UD
Wesley Riddle: Aspinall via Round 1 TKO
Michael DeSantis: Aspinall via Round 2 TKO
Ash Camyab: Aspinall via Round 2 TKO
Andrew Benjamin: Aspinall via Round 1 TKO
Frazer Krohn: Aspinall via Round 2 SUB
Mike Lynch: Aspinall via Round 1 TKO
Nate Freeman: Aspinall via Round 1 TKO
Chris Presnell: Aspinall via Round 2 TKO
Steven Irvine: Aspinall via Round 3 TKO

Staff picking Aspinall: 10
Staff picking Spivak: 0

Derek Brunson (22-7) vs. Darren Till (18-3-1)

Jeremy Brand: Brunson via UD
Wesley Riddle: Till via Round 4 TKO
Michael DeSantis: Brunson via UD
Ash Camyab: Till via Round 2 TKO
Andrew Benjamin: Brunson via SD
Frazer Krohn: Till via Round 3 TKO
Mike Lynch: Till via UD
Nate Freeman: Till via SD
Chris Presnell: Till via UD
Steven Irvine: Till via UD

Staff picking Brunson: 3
Staff picking Till: 7

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Wesley Riddle is a 25-year-old writer out of Harrisonburg, Virginia and a recent graduate from Roanoke College in Salem, Virginia, having obtained a Bachelor's Degree in Health and Physical Education. Watching the draw between Frankie Edgar and Gray Maynard from 2011 sparked his interest in the sport of mixed martial arts. He created "All That MMA" on Twitter, which came to birth in December of 2013. He would join with MMASucka in the later quarter of 2016. Some of Riddle's hobbies include music, playing golf, watching horror movies, and working with non-profit organizations throughout his community. You can follow him on Twitter at @AllThatMMA or @WesleyRiddleMMA, and on Instagram @WesleyRiddle.

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